Brazil Marks International Women’s Day with Law on Gender-Based Violence

  • March 16, 2015

Brazil recently approved legislation that imposes harsher penalties for harming or killing women, a crime referred to as “femicide.”

A Path Less Traveled: A Nun Becomes a Fierce Women’s Champion

  • March 11, 2015

Maria “Zeca” José Rosado Nunes, a professor and a former nun, may not strike you at first as a rabble-rouser. But she was one of the first nuns to openly challenge the Catholic Church.

Finding Innovative Solutions for Sexual Health in Brazil

  • November 20, 2013

IWHC works with Reprolatina in Brazil to educate young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The results so far have been outstanding: In the town of Barro Alto in the state of Goiás, the number of adolescent girls giving birth has dropped from 40 percent in 2010 to 10 percent in 2012.

Partner: Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria (CFEMEA)

  • November 12, 2013

The Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria (CFEMEA, or “Center for Feminist Studies and Advisory Services”) was created in 1989 to monitor the implementation of women’s rights and gender equality as defined in the 1988 Brazilian federal constitution. The organization monitors legislation and tracks government budgets, educates lawmakers about issues impacting women, advocates for progressive…

Partner: ECOS Comunicação em Sexualidade

  • November 12, 2013

Founded in 1989, ECOS Comunicação em Sexualidade (ECOS Communication in Sexuality) is one of the only nongovernmental organizations in Brazil working to promote comprehensive sexuality education. ECOS engages in advocacy, conducts research studies, produces educational materials, and trains education professionals. In 2009, ECOS helped create REGES – Rede de Gênero e Educação em Sexualidade (Gender…

Partner: Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir-Brazil

  • November 12, 2013

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD, or “Catholics for the Right to Decide”) is a network of 12 Catholic social justice groups throughout Latin America committed to the defense of women's rights, with a focus on sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality, and combating violence against women and discrimination.

What Will the Pope’s Visit Mean for Women and Young People in Brazil?

  • July 22, 2013

Pope Francis’s visit to Brazil this week comes amid mass protests against wasteful government spending and social inequality. The high price tag of the papal visit has already drawn criticism from protesters (security for the pope is estimated at more than $50 million). What remains to be seen is whether the pope will…

Why Is Brazil Moving Backwards on HIV?

  • July 3, 2013

For many years, Brazil has widely been lauded for taking bold stands in support of the sexual rights and health of women and young people, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. But it now appears that this proud legacy of recognizing human rights for all is at risk.

IWHC Letter to Brazilian Health Minister Dr. Alexandre Padilha Regarding Suspension of HIV Prevention Program

  • July 1, 2013

In June 2013, the Brazilian government abruptly suspended an HIV prevention campaign directed at sex workers and dismissed the head of the country’s HIV/AIDS department. This followed a similarly troubling move in 2011, when distribution of an anti-homophobia booklet was halted. In this letter (in both English and Portuguese), IWHC President Françoise Girard urges Brazil’s…

After Rio+20, Women's Voices Loud and Clear

  • July 20, 2012

While governments debated over the green economy and designed a roadmap for the United Nations to deliver on Sustainable Development, women’s and other social justice movements actively voiced their concerns for achieving gender equality, justice and sustainability at last month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although…